Webmedicine's self-screening tool allows patients in a relatively short period of time to identify the likely causes of their symptoms. The web-based program is revolutionary in that it approaches self-screening from the patient's point of view!
Of the approximately 2 million sites that provide "medical diagnosis," virtually all of them, including hospital websites, require the patient to know what their diagnosis is before they can research the implications of the disease/condition and the alternative treatment options. This may include telemedicine when the physician could not physically treat the patient. Richard Kimball, CEO of HEXL says, "The full integration of telemedicine in our healthcare delivery system is not far off as developments in technology." Physicians know that this approach is backwards. They always begin their evaluations of a patient by asking about the patient's symptoms, not by asking the patient what disease they have. The average person can tell you that they have a headache, pain in their lower back, or difficulty breathing, etc. However, they do not know why they have these symptoms, but they are interested in learning more about what is happening to their body.
Webmedicine's user-friendly navigation allows the patient to point to the part of their body where their symptoms are occurring. Webmedicine then presents the patient with symptom categories. Once a symptom category is selected, groups of symptoms are displayed in boxes. These boxes of symptoms typically occur in the conditions or diseases the patient may have. By selecting the most appropriate box, a list of possible conditions that might produce these symptoms is displayed. By reading the short summary of each condition, the user can further discriminate the most likely condition he/she is experiencing. WebMed provides links to physicians and specialists that treat these conditions. Additionally, links are offered to educational websites and to nationally known educational websites for each condaition to further assist the user in screening their condition and obtaining other useful information including potential treatment options.
Use our free online health screening to help determine the source of your medical symptoms. Symptoms are manifestations or causes of a disease or group of diseases. Symptoms are those complaints or problems that bring a patient to the doctor or other health care provider. The important thing to remember, is that understanding the underlying cause of your symptoms may be crucial. Education of patients about their symptoms improves the chance of obtaining the right diagnosis and obtaining prompt and correct treatment. Webmedicine's database currently covers approximately 20,000 symptoms and 1,200 diseases/conditions.